Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman

Professor of Public Health

Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman

Professor of Public Health

Biography

Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman is a professor of public health at the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand, where she teaches public policy. She is director of He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.

Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman has published significant results from her research on the relationship between housing design and performance, and the health of building occupants. She has conducted randomised community housing trials in partnership with local communities, which have had a major influence on housing, health and energy policy. She has a strong interest in reducing inequalities in the determinants of health and has published widely in this area, receiving a number of awards for her work including the prestigious Prime Minister’s Science Prize in 2014.

She is currently the chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) Housing and Health Guideline Development Group and was a member of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Co-benefits of retrofitting insulation

Retrofitting insulation in older houses, the bulk of the housing stock, has multiple benefits for energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions, and enhancing health and well-being. These retrofits can be seen as private or public goods, but when they are implemented as part of a larger implementation programme, they can have larger benefits of employment and social inclusion. In this talk I will summarise the empirical evidence based on RCTs and evaluation of national programmes and compare the effects of different policy approaches taken in New Zealand, Australia and Germany.